Going to any sporting match is an experience like no other; nothing beats it. From getting in a pitcher with your buddies, to talking about your predictions for the line-up – it’s quite simply, the best day out.
When you walk up those steps to the ground, and are overcome with the noise – Arsenal fans are yet to understand that – the atmosphere is unbeatable; goosebumps. Doesn’t matter whether you follow Carlisle United in League Two, or the Seahawks in Seattle, the emotional investment fans put into their sides is equal, and just as exhilarating.
However, as much as we all want to go to the depths of north England in Carlisle, the stadiums in the United States are special. But how do they compare to the best soccer stadiums in Europe?
15) The London Stadium, West Ham
Amazing venue, shocking stadium. You can hear a pin drop and doesn't help when it's half empty with 10 minutes to go.
14) Etihad Stadium, Manchester City
You can't help but laugh at a club that increases their stadium capacity, despite being unable to fill the original quota.
13) Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis Rams (until 2015)
More naming rights issue than the Olympic/London/Karren Brady stadium; it houses all sorts of sports - helluva venue.
Source: CBS St Louis
12) Old Trafford, Manchester United
Culture in a nutshell. Ironically, the atmosphere is much louder than the (not so) noisy neighbours, Manchester City.
11) Allianz Arena, Bayern Munich
The first stadium to run a changing colour scheme outside. Shame Bayern had to light it Chelsea-blue in 2012.
10) Wembley Stadium, England
Can't hold a candle up to the old Wembley. Still a stunning venue with an arch more iconic than the golden McDonald's arches.
9) Lambeau Field, Green Bay Packers
Home to the Green Bay Packers. What a stadium, a green sea of 81,500 Packer fans.
8) Emirates Stadium, Arsenal
A wonderful place to read a book in peace or for a power nap.
7) Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City Chiefs
What a name for a stadium. Is that the red arrows in the background?
6) Nou Camp, Barcelona
Lionel Messi's own personal museum.
5) AT&T, Dallas Cowboys
Had a record attendance of 105,121 back in 2009. Wow. Comes with a retractable roof for good measure.
4) Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver Broncos
Broncos, Broncos, Broncos. Looks like Qatar have been taking note for their 2022 World Cup.
3) Olympiastadion Berlin, Hertha BSC
Has witnessed the most memorable moments in sport; from Zinedine Zidane's headbutt, to Usain Bolt's 100m record... and that's ignoring Jesse Owen's four gold medals in 1936. Amazing.
2) CenturyLink Field, Seattle Seahawks
Wow. The Seattle stadium genuinely looks like something out of a futuristic FIFA game.
1) Met Life Stadium, New York Jets & the New York Giants
Best arena going. Ticks all the boxes. Well played ?.
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Not a bad set of stadiums. Special mention must go to the Santiago Bernabéu, the Yankee Stadium and the San Siro. All amazing stadiums within their own right, yet the Bernabéu is more of a library than the Emirates Stadium, at the San Siro – this may be too personal – but the home fans chuck urine on you, and there’s stadiums in the English Championship that can hold more people than the Yankee Stadium.
Good enough reasons?